Signs and Symptoms of Obesity

Updated at: Dec 26, 2013
Signs and Symptoms of Obesity

Excessive fat accumulation or obesity can be determined on the basis of body mass index. Learn what the signs and symptoms of obesity are.

Himanshu Sharma
ObesityWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Dec 25, 2013

Obesity is a disease (recently termed so by the World Health Organization) that affects more than half of the population in the U.S.

Symptoms of ObesityA person’s appearance is enough to imply whether he/she is obese or not. Excessive fat in the body can be determined on the basis of one's body mass index (which is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the height in metres) squared.

Since BMI does not really measure the body's fat, some people such as muscular athletes, may fall under the "obese" category even when they do not have excess body fat.

The primary warning sign of obesity is an above-average body weight. If you are obese, you may have the following:
•    large body frame
•    flabby fat in the upper arms, waist and thighs
•    disproportionate facial features such as double chin
•    skin problems caused by moisture that accumulates in the folds of the skin,
•    trouble sleeping
•    sleep apnoea (a condition in which breathing is irregular and periodically stops during sleep)
•    breathing difficulties
•    varicose veins
•    white or purple blemishes on abdomen
•    lethargy
•    gallstones and
•    osteoarthritis in weight-bearing joints, especially the knees.

Obesity has also been linked to high blood pressure as well as high levels of blood sugar (diabetes), cholesterol and triglycerides.

When to Seek Medical Help

if you think that you are probably obese and are also affected by weight-related medical conditions, make sure that you visit your doctor or health care provider at the earliest. Delaying would only put you at more risk of health problems. You can evaluate your health risks and discuss the weight loss options. It is important to note that even the slightest amount of weight loss can prevent or lessen problems that occur as a result of obesity. Weight loss is possible by way of dietary changes, physical activity and changes in behaviour. In some cases, medications that are prescribed or surgery for weight loss may be the best option.


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